Squires' Martin Breddy, Dobbies' Steve Guy, and Blue Diamond's Alan Roper among top names leading Garden Retail Summit 2017

Martin Breddy, Steve Guy and Alan Roper are among a powerful line-up of garden retail leaders set to share their expertise and examine solutions to business challenges at February's Garden Retail Summit.

Alan Roper - among top names lined up for Garden Retail Summit 2017
Alan Roper - among top names lined up for Garden Retail Summit 2017

Breddy, who joined Squires Garden Centre Group as MD in 2016, will join mdj2's Clive Daley, Briers’ Lolly Lee and Tillington’s Andy Bunker on a panel tackling how retailers can manage the impact of price increases in imported goods, changes in economic conditions, pressures on key supply chains and more.

The Preparing for Brexit panel will be chaired by Management Today’s Andrew Saunders.

Meanwhile Steve Guy who leads Dobbies’ buying operation, will join Blue Diamond MD Alan Roper and HTA chief executive Carol Paris on a panel focusing on what retailers really want from UK growers. As the cost of importing plants increases, opting for a higher percentage of British-grown stock will become increasingly attractive. What do British retail plant suppliers need to do to grasp this opportunity for growth and import substitution?

To book your Summit ticket now, click HERE

The Summit hosted by Horticulture Week will kick off with a keynote presentation from John Cleland who joined Dobbies as chief executive officer in 2016, and will unveil his vision for the business.

Delegates will also hear from independent garden centre directors who will share learning from their latest outlet investments and developments, while Garden Retail Summit favourite, Andy Newman of mdj2 will examine the opportunity in 2017 for growth in a confident sector bucking wider retail trends.

The confirmed speaker line-up to-date includes Jon Cleland (Dobbies), Alan Roper (Blue Diamond), Andy Bunker (Alton Garden Centre and Tillington Group), Steve Guy (Dobbies), Andy Newman (mdj2), Carol Paris (HTA), Andrew Saunders (Management Today), Martin Breddy (Squire's Garden Centres), Tim Mason (Seapop/Mappleborough Green Garden Centre), Mark Farnsworth (Tong Garden Centre), and Paresh Raithatha, Ansell Garden Centre.

To book tickets to the Garden Retail Summit 2017 which takes place on 23 February at London's Grand Connaught Rooms, go to:www.gardenretailawards.com/summit or email tamsin.ballantyne@haymarket.com.

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